Category Archives: Child Sleep Disorders

Sleep Apnoea: Long Term Prognosis

Most diseases are curable by taking medications, but in some cases medications or therapy may only control or regulate some diseases.  What then is the long-term prognosis for sleep apnoea? Can a person with sleep apnoea can hope to be totally free from it?

What Causes Sleep Apnoea?

Obstructive sleep apnoea is due to the collapse of a part of the airway starting from the nose and ending up on the lungs, collapses during sleep.  Breathing is repeatedly disrupted for 10 seconds or more all through the night.

The most common cause of obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) in adults is obesity and excess weight, which is linked with the soft tissue of the throat and mouth.… Read More...

Untreated Sleep Apnoea Linked to Damaged Brain Cells of Children

Children diagnosed with sleep apnoea but are not undergoing CPAP therapy may exhibit delayed brain development.

A study led by Dr. Leila Kheorandish-Gozal of the University of Chicago indicated that children suffering from moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnoea could have damaged to brain cells. The test subjects showed a significant reduction of gray matter brain cells involved in memory, movement, speech, emotions, self-control, decision-making, and perception, when compared with children of the same age who do not have sleep apnoea.

Statistics indicate that up to 5% of children are affected by sleep apnoea. This study finally linked sleep apnoea and delayed neuronal growth in a child’s developing brain. … Read More...

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea in Children

Obstructive sleep apnoea seems to be a growing concern in children, and even infants, today.   Studies indicate that sleep apnoea affects 3% of children between the 2 to 8 years old.    Some of the most common triggers of sleep apnoea among children of all ages are: narrow upper airway, adenoids or large tonsils, and obesity,

A child who snores during sleep is not really a cause for concern. But if the snoring causes a child to stop breathing for a few seconds then reverts back to breathing and even snorting after, then that is a cause for concern.  This sign becomes more significant if the child exhibits classic daytime signs of obstructive sleep apnoea.… Read More...

CPAP Therapy on Children

As with adults, children suffering from obstructive sleep apnoea have trouble paying attention and are sometimes diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD. They are tired during the day and often exhibit other behavioral problem because they lack quality nighttime sleep.

In recent years, the initial step in treating OSA in children is to surgically remove adenoids and tonsil. A major flow in this course of treatment is the fact that not all children with OSA are good candidates for the procedure. Another consideration is that the surgical procedure might not actually cure the sleep apnoea such as in cases where the child is obese.… Read More...

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Sleep

ADHD is the term used to describe inattentiveness, hyperactivity, distractibility and impulsivity of a person. This condition usually manifests in children (more common in boys) during early childhood and may continue on to adulthood.  Children with ADHD have much difficulty in staying focused, sitting down and controlling their actions and emotions. These may lead to his underdeveloped social skills, poor school performance, dependence and isolation. In majority of cases, children with ADHD need special care and attention not only from their parents but from teachers and healthcare professional to thrive.

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What is the connection between ADJD and sleep problems? Studies indicate that children with ADHD have an increased level of daytime sleepiness in comparison with children without ADHD.… Read More...

Importance of Sleep for Adolescents

Sleep experts categorize children ages 11 to 22 as adolescents. This age group is known for hugging the bed seemingly wanting to sleep all day. Sleep experts now deem this age group as needing more sleep than they did when they were 10 years old and younger, and are not just turning into sleepy, lazy young adults.

Do Teens Really Need More Sleep?

Studies indicate that during late puberty, melatonin, the sleep-related hormone is secreted at a different time than normal. This in effect changes the circadian rhythms that indicated the sleep-wake cycle of a person. It is therefore normal for a teenager who usually falls asleep at 10 p.m.… Read More...

How Much Sleep Do Babies and Kids Need?

Babies, young children and even teens need more sleep than adults in order to support their physical and mental development. Every parent knows that growing children need a good night sleep but most do not know how much sleep their children require, and the effects of lack of sleep.

It is sometimes hard to know if your children are getting enough sleep because even when drowsy with sleep, they don’t necessarily slow down. Children do have the tendency to resist bedtime and at times even become very active as the evening goes on.

Sleep loss in children could also be due to underlying psychiatric conditions such as attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).… Read More...

Categories of Sleep Disorders

Much has been said about sleep disorders and their related co-morbidities. There seems to be a range of sleep disorders known to mankind and knowing which is which leaves most in a quandary. The real focus here is to determine what type and under what category is a person’s sleep disorder is so that the correct course of treatment can commence. After all, lack of sleep is the root of myriad health issues and problems.

Sleep Disorders Groups

There are six major groups of sleep disorders that have been categorized. These groups include insomnia, hypersomnias, sleep related breathing disorders, circadian rhythm sleep-wake disorders, parasomnias and sleep movement disorders.… Read More...

Sleep Disorders in Children

Restful sleep is necessary for the healing and repairing of the body. Children may experience some type of sleep disorder without any lasting effect but for some, sleep problem may significantly affect their functioning and general well-being.
Studies indicated that children with sleep disorder are more prone to depression and anxiety disorders. They may have behavioral problems and for school-age children, may exhibit low performance in school.

Prevalence of Sleep Disturbance 

Health reports suggest that a great percentage of children not only in the U.S. but in other parts of the world, are chronically sleep deprived. The U.S National Sleep Foundation (NSF) indicated that two out of three children below the age of 10 have experienced some form of sleep problem.… Read More...